No Host Social
Wednesday, July 10; 7:00 p.m.
Join your colleagues at the Wednesday evening no-host social in the hotel lobby bars.
Joint Meeting Opening Reception – Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Thursday, July 11; 6:00-9:00 p.m.
This year's Joint Meeting opening reception will be at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, The Museum is supported by the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. The Museum's purpose is to share knowledge and appreciation of art and history, collect and preserve objects of historic and artistic interest, and encourage continued excellence of the cultural life of the community. For over forty years, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has provided a rich cultural voice in Albuquerque, the state of New Mexico and the Southwest region. It continues to inspire the community through exhibitions on local history and art, while also attracting exhibitions from major institutions around the world. The Museum's regional art collection focuses on the American Southwest, and its history and photoarchive collections primarily relate to the life and culture of Albuquerque and the middle Rio Grande Valley.
The reception menu includes two drink tickets, a display of imported and domestic cheeses, fresh grapes, strawberries, stone fruit, roasted almonds, pistachios, cashews, dried apricots, cranberries & applies with assorted crackers; house made hummus & olive tapenade with crusty bread and pita triangles; local farmer's vegetable crudite; grilled romaine wedges with calamata olive, red pepper and cucumber relish with feta vinaigrette; salsa, guacamole & black bean dip with tri-color tortilla chips; chicken taquitos; gourmet taco and fajita bar; assorted mini cupcakes; biscochitas and Mexican chocolate mousse cups; and house made bread pudding with warm rum sauce.
The New Mexico Natural History Museum, located directly across the street from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, will also be open from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for our attendees. Entrance will be free with your JMIH namebadge.
The Joint Meeting reception is included in all full conference, first exhibitor representative, and accompanying persons registration fees. All others must purchase a reception ticket.
Additional guest reception tickets: $50.00 per person
AES Banquet – Location TBD
Sunday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.
Menu and ticket prices to be determined.
SSAR/HL Live Auction – Brazos/Galisteo/Aztec, Ground Level East, Albuquerque Convention Center
Sunday, July 14, 9:00 p.m.
The SSAR Silent Auction and the HL/SSAR Live Auction is an opportunity to support the programs of SSAR and HL and to clean out your office or house of those interesting and valuable herp related items. Any herp related item - including books, art, sculptures, famous autographs, field equipment, or clothing - is appreciated. Please note that items made from amphibians, reptiles, or parts thereof, should NOT be donated. Donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued on request (please request receipt at time of donation). If you are interested in donating to the Live Auction, please contact Greg Watkins-Colwell for more information.
Please have the shipments for the Live Auction addressed to:
2013 SSAR/HL Auction
c/o Tom Giermakowski
MSC03 2020, Dept Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Via UPS or FedEx:
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131
Joint Meeting Banquet – Ballroom C, Upper Level West, Albuquerque Convention Center
Monday, July 15 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Student: $45; Professional: $60
On Monday, July 15, 2013, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., the Joint Meeting Closing Banquet will be held in the Albuquerque Convention Center. The social hour will start at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Additional events are being planned. Stayed tuned for more information.
The menu is TBD. Wine will be served with dinner, plus cash bars will be available. Sign up for the banquet when you register for the conference.
Group Photo – Thursday, July 11, 12:00 p.m., Plaza outside Albuquerque Convention Center
A tour of central New Mexico and its diversity of amphibians and reptiles
Tuesday, 16 July 2013; 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Limit: 20 participants
Join us on an all-day field trip that highlights the herpetological diversity of central New Mexico. Cost includes a box lunch and beverage. Participants should bring along water, sunscreen, and hat. Extra water will be available in each vehicle. For best experience, bring binoculars and/or a camera. The return time will be approximately 5:00 p.m.
We will travel to several locations where everyone will have an up-close and personal look at different habitats and a chance to spot and photograph many amphibian and reptile species that occur in central New Mexico. This will be a full-day field trip that will include short hikes in desert canyons, riparian areas, and higher elevations. Temperatures in July can get quite high (up to 40C), although we will start at lower elevations and move to higher elevations (where it is cooler) during the latter part of the day. Please plan your wardrobe accordingly. Participants can expect to walk on different types of terrain, perhaps get wet and/or muddy, and are thus encouraged to wear suitable footwear.
A tour of the NM Natural History and Science Museum fossil collection
Tuesday, 16 July 2013; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free. Bring money for lunch.
Limit: 14 participants
The Geoscience wing of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque conducts research in geology and paleontology and maintains extensive fossil and mineralogical collections.
New Mexico is world famous as a place where important dinosaur discoveries are made. The first New Mexican dinosaurs known to science were collected in the 1880s. In 1881, a handful of fossil bones were found in the red dirt and rocks of Abiquiu, New Mexico. In 1889, these fossil bones were named Coelophysis by paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope. In 1981 Coelophysis bauri was named the State Fossil. Collections of New Mexico fossils can be found in most major museums. However, since 1986 the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has provided an opportunity for New Mexicans to view the state’s unique fossils, especially of dinosaurs.
A special tour of the Geoscience section has been arranged for attendees of the JMIH on Tuesday, 16 July from 11am to 1pm. The tour is limited to 14 people and free of charge. Transportation is provided. A van will be waiting at the entrance of the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque at 10:30am. The tour is scheduled to end by 1:00pm. Depending on group consensus, the van driver will take tour members to a reasonably priced, popular lunch spot for New Mexico cuisine. Look for updates related to this tour on the message board that will be located onsite near the registration desk or contact Alexandra Snyder at 505-453-0498 during the meetings.